26 Oct 1962

Fifty years ago, I was stationed on the USS Sierra (AD-18) in Norfolk, VA.  Before that day ended, I was headed to an advanced electronic theory school on Treasure Island located in San Francisco Bay.

The significance is two-fold.  On Saturday, 27 Oct 62, the Cuban Missile Crisis topped the headlines and a lot of U.S. Navy ships were headed towards Cuba.

Second, 26 October 62 was the last day that I served on a Navy ship.  The remainder of the last 17 years in the Navy was on shore stations, albeit, some overseas.  “Haze grey and underway” was part of my past.

I was never to hear on the 1MC, “Now set the special sea and anchor detail” or “Single up all lines.”

26 Oct is always a special day to me.  26 Oct fell on a Friday in 1962 as it does this year.

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